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Transcript of Fairtrade Fortnight
a member of your community in any of your towns,
open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need.”
Deuteronomy 15:7-8 A prayer for Fairtrade Fortnight Our Moral Purpose in the world Service to others. What is Fairtrade Fortnight? A Biblical basis for Fairtrade What does the Bible say about Fairtrade? Let us pray: Call to mind Jesus’ parable of the Rich Ruler (Luke 18:18-30).
He is saddened when Jesus tells him to sell everything and give the money to the poor.
Jesus says, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God.”
Jesus also reminds us that we have a responsibility: “From everyone to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded,” (Luke 12:28b).
The Bible is saying that we have a duty to serve the poor, and Fair Trade is one way to do that. A fortnight long campaign starting on the 25th February 2013 to pressurise the UK government to use its influence at the G8 Summit to help poor farmers.
We see this in Proverbs 13:23,
“The field of the poor may yield much food,
but it is swept away through injustice,”
and in Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you?
To do justice…” Fair Trade is a way of doing justice.
It allows artisans to receive up to 50% of the selling
price of their work. In conventional trade, they can receive as little as 1% of the final price. By buying Fair Trade, you are giving these artisans a chance to make a living wage so that they can have access to food, shelter, health care, and education. By supporting Fair Trade Fortnight you are performing a vital service to others. Tilt the scales,
O God of the mustard seed:
That the poor shall see justice.
Share the feast,
O God of Eden’s abundant garden:
That each crop may fetch a fair price.
Upset the tables,
O God of the upside-down Kingdom:
That the least can benefit from their trade.
Open our eyes,
O God of life in all its fullness:
That we may learn to walk the way of your son
tilting, sharing, upsetting this world
until the products we bring to our table
Give a better deal, to all who hunger for one.
In His name, Amen. There is a biblical mandate for Fair Trade.